In August 2018, Illinois passed the Alternative to Opioids Act of 2018, allowing a treating physician to refer a patient to the Opioid Alternative Pilot Program to avoid prescribing of opioids for conditions and to allow the use of medical cannabis instead. The pilot program starts at the end of January and medical cannabis dispensaries are gearing up for it by increasing infrastructure and workforce numbers. Training is a big part of the preparation: Staff at Green Thumb … [Read more...] about Opioid Alternative Pilot Program Offering Access to Medical Marijuana Progressing in Illinois
One way act this act will affect Physicians and their practices with new provisions regarding fraud and abuse with a section entitled "Eliminating Kickbacks in Recovery." This resembles the federal Anti-Kickback statute with some important differences. Its purpose is to (1) Curtail patient's brokering with opioid treatment centers and to (2) slow the overutilization of laboratory toxicology screenings by closing a loophole in the Anti-Kickback statutes. Physicians who have ownership … [Read more...] about How will the SUPPORT Act Affect Physicians and Their Practice?